St. Thomas Scholarships and Matching Programs

You've probably heard that the sticker price of college isn't actually what you'll pay. And that's definitely true at St. Thomas.

About 97% of first-year students receive merit scholarships that bring the average tuition cost down to $21,000 per year - a discount of roughly 50 percent. 

These scholarships are the reason why. Just click below to learn more about each scholarship's eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

St. Thomas Institutional Scholarships

St. Thomas Academic Scholarships are merit-based funds awarded based on academic achievement and contributions made to one's school and community. About 97 percent of incoming freshman students receive one of these scholarships.

Amount: $9,000 - $30,000 per year

Eligibility: Prospective freshmen students are automatically considered for these funds upon admission.

These merit-based scholarships recognize transfer students who have demonstrated academic success at the post-secondary level.

Amount: $3,000 - $20,000/year

Eligibility: Prospective transfer students pursuing their first first bachelor's degree are automatically considered upon admission.

Awards are renewable provided the recipient:

  • Remains consecutively enrolled as a full-time student at St. Thomas
  • Maintains a St. Thomas GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Has fewer than 176 total credits (total transfer plus all attempted St. Thomas credits)

Amount: 10% to 70% of tuition

Eligibility: Prospective international undergraduate students

Application:

  1. Apply for admission to St. Thomas.
  2. Submit one or more letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher, coach or school administrator. 
  3. Submit a one-page essay explaining why you deserve a scholarship. 

Contact:
International Admissions
international@stthomas.edu
(651) 962-6650

Scholarships will be awarded based on a holistic review of each student’s application. We will take into consideration the applicant’s grades in school, exam scores, essay(s), letter(s) of recommendation, extracurricular activities and any other supplemental materials submitted by the student.

‌The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University of St. Thomas will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition per year. The scholarship is open to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study.

Eligibility:

  • Be a freshman international applicant to St. Thomas.
  • Attend (or have graduated from) a secondary school outside of the United States.
  • Meet all the St. Thomas international admissions requirements.
  • Have a demonstrated history of academic excellence.
  • Demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.

Application:

  1. Complete your application to St. Thomas, including all supporting documents, by January 15, 2019.
  2. Submit the #YouAreWelcomeHere application to international@stthomas.edu by January 15, 2019.
  3. If awarded a scholarship, submit your confirming deposit by May 1, 2019

Amount: $1,000 - $3,000 per year

Eligibility:

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Composite ACT of at least 25 or SAT of at least 1210

Complete Application Review Begins: February 19, 2019
Additional applications will considered until Trustee's Scholarship funds are exhausted.

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Named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease, who was committed to making a St. Thomas education accessible to students from all socio-economic backgrounds, the University of St. Thomas annually selects up to 10 well-qualified students to receive a full-tuition Dease Scholarship.

Amount: Full-tuition

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Underrepresented domestic, first-generation students and/or graduates from urban high schools

Deadline: Feb. 20, 2019

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Scholarship Details

National Merit Finalists who enroll at St. Thomas will be awarded funds in addition to any scholarships previously awarded by St. Thomas.

Amount: $10,000 per year in National Merit funds or related funds

Eligibility: Students selected as National Merit Finalists who declare St. Thomas as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and who qualify for either a college-sponsored award or a $2,500 National Merit single-payment award.

Scholarship Details

With RaiseMe, prospective students can earn micro-scholarships from St. Thomas for their achievements inside and outside of the classroom.

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Opus College of Business Scholarships

Amount: $10,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in business
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Composite ACT of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1240

Application: Eligible students must complete an application and be invited to attend the Fauth Business Scholarship Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. The four scholarship recipients will be notified in March 2019.

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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The GHR Fellows program is a highly competitive, transformational undergraduate experience for students pursuing careers in business. Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships to the University of St. Thomas and customized programming designed to deliver leadership experiences – including global exposure through a fully funded J-Term study abroad experience.

Amount: Full-tuition between St. Thomas and GHR funding

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in business
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.7
  • Composite ACT of at least 28 or SAT of at least 1310
  • Embody the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas
  • Model the values of GHR by demonstrating that you are ethical, innovative, globally aware and engaged in your community

Application: Eligible students must complete an application by Jan. 3, 2018 and be invited to attend the GHR Fellows Program Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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Scholarship Details

These competitive scholarships are awarded by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship to applicants with proven entrepreneurship potential who intend to major in Entrepreneurship. Multiple full-tuition scholarships will be awarded each year to qualified candidates.

Amount: Full tuition between St. Thomas and Schulze funding

Eligibility:

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Entrepreneurship
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Composite ACT of at least 27 or SAT of at least 1280

Application: Eligible students must complete an application by Jan. 3, 2018 and be invited to attend the Schulze Innovation Program Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Entrepreneurship

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Liberal Arts Scholarships

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Involved in parish and Latino community
  • Intend to major or minor in Catholic Studies

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Amount: $1,000 - $7,500 per year

Eligibility: Students considering majors in music, music performance, music education, music business or liturgical music

Application:

  • Online application
  • Audition video
  • Two music recommendations
  • Music theory and aural skills assessment
  • If selected, perform at the on-campus scholarship invitational on March 2, 2019.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

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Scholarship Details

The ThreeSixty Journalism Program helps diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities through strong writing and reporting. The University of St. Thomas awards one full-tuition scholarship each year to an eligible ThreeSixty participant.

Amount: Full tuition

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp
  • Intend to major in Communication and Journalism

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Named in honor of Father James Whalen, long-time faculty member and department chair who specialized in Media Ethics, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, demonstrated aptitude for communication and commitment to community service and career-related activities.

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Communication and Journalism

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

STEM Scholarships

St. Thomas will offer one $10,000 renewable Engineering Board of Governor's Scholarship based on demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Amount: $10,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Engineering
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 or ACT of at least 24 or SAT of at least 1180

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Amount: Two full tuition scholarships and two $8,000/year scholarships

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in a science, mathematics and/or engineering field
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Composite ACT of at least 27 or SAT of at least 1280

Application: Eligible students must complete an application and be invited to attend the Science, Math and Engineering Test Day held on Jan. 19, 2019. Finalists are then interviewed on Feb. 23, 2019 and scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

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Other Scholarships

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships are available for Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine ROTC students.

Amount: Varies

Application:

  • High school seniors should apply through the respective websites for the Air Force, Army or Navy (including Marines) during the summer before or the fall of their senior year.
  • Current college students should speak to the local ROTC detachment about scholarship opportunities.

Contacts:

Air Force ROTC Detachment 410 - (651) 962-6320 or afrotc@stthomas.edu

Army ROTC - (612) 625-3062 or arotc@umn.edu

Navy ROTC - (612) 625-6677 or nrotc@umn.edu 

St. Thomas matches dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000/year, scholarships students receive from a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliated with Scholarship America.

Application: 

  • Create a student profile on the Scholarship America website.
  • Use the site to find Dollars for Scholars affiliate chapters and apply for Dollars for Scholars scholarships and other scholarships.
  • Update your Scholarship America profile to report that the University of St. Thomas is your college choice. 

Horatio Alger Scholarships are competitively awarded to full-time undergraduate students from economically challenged households who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity in their lives and who have shown the academic potential and personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.

St. Thomas matches dollar-for-dollar, up to $4,000 per year, scholarships students receive from the Horatio Alger Association.

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The Page Foundation (established by Alan Page, former Minnesota Viking, National Football League Hall of Fame member and Minnesota Supreme Court justice) provides scholarships to students of color from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area who want to pursue higher education. 

St. Thomas matches dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500/year, scholarships students receive from the Page Education Foundation.

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Outside Scholarships Supported by St. Thomas

Amount: Up to $4,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Possess one-fourth or more Indian ancestry
  • Minnesota resident
  • Member of a federally recognized Indian tribe

Scholarship Details and Application

Amount: Annual amount determined by law

Eligibility: Dependent children and the surviving spouse of a Minnesota public safety officer killed in the line of duty

Application: 

  • Download the application from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
  • Obtain a certificate of eligibility from the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety.
  • Submit the completed application to the St. Thomas Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.

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Amount: Up to $7,500 for one term on a first-come, first-served basis

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching in order for the teacher candidate to be recommended for a full professional teaching license
  • Intend to teach in an identified license-shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by the University of St. Thomas

Deadlines:

  Fall 2018 Spring/Summer 2019
Suggested deadline to submit application materials to St. Thomas Aug. 10, 2018 Dec. 7, 2018
MOHE priority application deadline Aug. 17, 2018 Dec. 14, 2018 

Scholarship Details and Application

Students of Indian ancestry are encouraged to contact their tribal education office to learn of any tribal funds that may be available to assist with educational expenses.

Minnesota Tribal Education contact information is provided by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.